The Antinomies of Cosmopolitanism

26/05 - 18:00
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On invitation of Passa Porta and the festival, philosopher and political theorist Chantal Mouffe is partaking in a four-week residency in May, in Brussels. She was born in Charleroi, teaches political theory at the University of Westminster in London, and is a guest lecturer in Europe and America. Famous for her non-rationalist approach to politics, developed in works such as The Democratic Paradox (2000) and On The Political (2005), Mouffe articulates her thinking based on the idea of ‘agonistic’ democracy. She maintains that this deliberative theoretical model for identifying consensus democracy ignores human nature. For her, politics cannot be dissociated from a conflicting dimension; democracy implies the battles of ideas and interests that cannot be eliminated by a rational process of negotiation, but rather have to be sublimated by an acknowledgement of each person’s demands. Aside from the political, Chantal Mouffe fosters a love for the contemporary performing arts. During her residency she will view performances, meet artists, and, on the last day of this edition, give a closing lecture. Not to be missed!

A lecture by
Chantal Mouffe

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Passa Porta, La Monnaie/De Munt

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A political theorist educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe (b. 1943) is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Between 1989 and 1995 she was Directrice de Programme at the College International de Philosophie in Paris. Professor Mouffe is the editor of Gramsci and Marxist Theory , Dimensions of Radical Democracy , Deconstruction and Pragmatism , and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt ; co-author (with Ernesto Laclau) of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985); and author of The Return of the Political (1993), and The Democratic Paradox (2000). Her latest work is On the Political published by Routledge in 2005. She is currently elaborating a non-rationalist approach to political theory; formulating an ‘agonistic’ model of democracy; and engaged in research projects on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and the place of Europe in a multipolar world order.

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